GULF: Opening Aug 14

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present, “GULF”, a photographic exploration of the Gulf of Mexico. Juried by Clint Willour, this group exhibition touches on many aspects of our relationship with this magnificent body of water and the wetlands that surround it. Though topical, the exhibition is not focused solely on the current oil disaster, but about the complex symbiosis between man and the natural world.

“GULF” examines the many ways that the Gulf of Mexico nurtures and sustains us, how it has provided generations with a livelihood, and how we have manipulated and abused its fragile eco-system. The thirty-one images featured in this national juried exhibition include depictions of the seafood and maritime industries, the plant life and beauty of the environment, the creatures that live in it, and the various ways that humans both enjoy and depend upon it.

Featured artists are: Jane Fulton Alt, Jean Ayo, Nell Campbell, Dennis Couvillion, Scott Dalton, Shawn Escoffery, Emily Folk, Terri Garland, Robin Germany, Maja Georgiou, Alison Gootee, Veni Harlan, Lewis Hodnett, Diane Kreiter, Dede Lusk, Donald Maginnis, Vincent Mariano, Jill Moore, David Rae Morris, Tuyen Nguyen, Leslie Parr, Michelle Parish, Luana K. Perez, Irwin Poché , Samuel Portera, Natasha Sanchez, Mark Sindler, Laurie Thompson, Eugenia Uhl, Michel Varisco and Anne Wallace.

The exhibition will be held at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, 1111 St. Mary St., from August 14, 2010 to September 18, 2010. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 14 from 6-9pm.

Clint Willour has been the curator of the Galveston Arts Center for the past twenty years. He serves on boards of the Houston Center for Photography, Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, FotoFest ‘s Art Board and chairs the Photography Accessions Sub-committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mr. Willour will present a juror’s talk during the opening reception.

Ten percent of all print sales from this exhibition will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network, an organization committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations. See more about their efforts at www.healthygulf.org.

Images by Scott Dalton (top) and Michelle Parish.